Schools condemn cuts in language support for newcomer pupils

October 28, 2008

GALWAY, IRELAND–“I have no idea how we’re going to cope,” says language support teacher Maura Regan. “How can two teachers do the work of six?” With 183 newcomer students to cater for, Holy Trinity National School in Galway has six language support teachers on staff, four of whom are to lose their jobs as a result of recent budget cuts. Newcomer students come from all full story
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Upgrading ESOL

October 28, 2008

TAMPA, FL–This afternoon, the Florida Department of Education holds a public hearing on new rules for the teaching of English as a second language. Ordinarily, such meetings come and go without much notice. But some South Florida educators, notably former Miami-Dade board member and retired FIU professor Rosa Castro-Feinberg and her colleagues, are raising the red flag full story
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Learning English in Afghan badlands

October 28, 2008

SHERZAD DISCTRICT, AFGHANISTAN–“I am a boy and you are a girl – please repeat after me,” says the English language teacher. The unlikely setting for the class is the remote eastern Afghan village of Kodi Khel, against a backdrop of the White Mountains of the Hindu Kush. In 2001 the White Mountains saw violent clashes between Afghan-American forces and Osama Bin Laden’s full story
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Cheap dollar to “lure” students

October 28, 2008

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA–The global economic situation and its impact on the Aussie dollar may present some real opportunities for Adelaide to boost its international student numbers, especially from China. Education sources have described Premier Mike Rann’s visit to China earlier this month as “perfectly timed” to push Adelaide’s brand as `Education city’. The low Aussie dollar full story
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Rwandans Say Adieu to Français

October 28, 2008

KIGALI, RWANDA–C’est la vie. In another blow to the language of love, the Rwandan government has decided to change instruction in schools from French to English. All government employees are now required to learn English, and everyone here from lawmakers to taxi drivers to students to businesspeople seems to believe that the usefulness of French, full story  complete coverage
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Reconsidering Authority in Wikipedia World

October 28, 2008

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION–Simson Garfinkel takes a look at authority and sourcing in Wikipedia world with an article in the latest edition of Technology Review. He focuses on Wikipedia’s requirement to cite published sources in adding information to Wikipedia articles. Yes, with a mob-written encyclopedia, a requirement for citing published, vetted sources makes sense, he full story
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Workers at international camp get a languages boost thanks to council

October 28, 2008

CAMBRIDGESHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM–Workers at the Friday Bridge International Camp have been brushing up on their language skills with the help of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Library Learning Service. Thanks to support from Fenland Links, Library Learning Service Tutor Mel Khan and Volunteer Outreach Co-ordinator Nyree Scott, have been offering ‘A Taste of English’ full story
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Schools say Measure 58 could face legal challenges

October 28, 2008

PORTLAND, OR–Oregon’s public schools are pondering what, exactly, Ballot Measure 58 will mean for them, how it will be implemented and what impact it will have on students. Portland schools officials say it’s difficult to gauge how much the so-called bilingual education ban would impact public education, but that it would affect thousands of students and hundreds of full story  complete coverage
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Voting from Spanish to Yup’ik: Rights for language minorities in the US presidential elections

October 28, 2008

BABBEL BLOG–Bryan Sells, an attorney with the Voting Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) spoke to Babbel Blog about the legal provisions made to facilitate voting for non- or limited- English speakers in United States, especially in light of the upcoming US presidential election full story
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Teachers challenged in multilingual classrooms

October 28, 2008

AURORA, CO–Tagalog, Bangla and Fulfulde. They might sound like characters from a video game or a cartoon, but they are among the 84 languages from 105 countries spoken in Aurora Public Schools. The 32,000-student school district, like others throughout Colorado, enrolls an increasing number of students who speak languages other than English or Spanish. Those students must learn English quickly because they are held to the same standards and requirements as full story
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